I am excited to announce that this year I will be running the Chicago Marathon on October 9th in support of Project Purple. I made the decision to join Team Project Purple this year in memory of my grandmother, Pauline.
Pauline (or as I called her, Mum), lost her two-year battle to pancreatic cancer in October 2015. Since her passing, I came up with a handful of ideas of what I could do in her memory. I came across an amazing charity, Project Purple, whose mission is to raise funds for pancreatic cancer awareness, research and more. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths and is first in mortality rate of all major cancers. Zero methods of early detection have been discovered, and a 55% increase in new pancreatic cancer cases are predicted over the next two decades.
Project Purple's primary fundraising comes from participating in races of all lengths across the country – including the Chicago Marathon. My brother, Ross, and I were very avid runners growing up, and Mum was there for every single one of our cross-country and track races. She loved to watch Ross and I run, even though she wouldn’t see us the majority of the time on the cross-country course, or when we were just running in circles on the track. So many of my memories of her are from these races, and I wanted to do what will be my most challenging and meaningful race in Mum's memory. This year’s marathon will be five days after the one-year anniversary of her passing.
Any amount, great or small, helps Project Purple. Thank you in advance for your support!